IMMERSE returns to downtown Orlando this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida’s signature arts event is back.

“We are expecting tens of thousands to take part over those three days,” said Kelly Allen with the city of Orlando.


The annual festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Now it’s back with a bang, bigger and better than ever before.

“There is a largescale performance called Dare to Dream. It is a 40-feet scaffolding structure between Doctor Philips and City Hall,” said Cole NeSmith with IMMERSE Orlando.

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Mayor Buddy Dyer hopes IMMERSE provides a step towards normalcy in the city.

“It’s shown that COVID doesn’t really spread at outdoor events,” Dyer said. “Most things we are doing are outdoors, but I also want to thank every who’s gotten vaccinated.”

This year’s event features hundreds of artists and live performances, and it’s free to attend.

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“We are encouraging people to come early, plan your routes ahead and try some of the new restaurants that have opened,” Allen said.

Just remember, IMMERSE spans 10 blocks in downtown Orlando.

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Several streets will be shut down during the weekend to accommodate the events and crowds.

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